Here are a few arguments in favor of putting your spices in a drawer instead of in a cupboard, on a rack, or on a backsplash in magnetic jars (as we did in our old place).
- A drawer protects from heat and light very well - just as well as a cupboard and better than an open storage rack.
- I am very short, and was forever losing key spices in the dark regions of my cupboards because I couldn't see up there. A drawer is easier to reach into and I can see everything at a glance.
- Spices tend to be messy. Even the best storage options often result in a thin layer of chile powder or cinnamon on the cupboard shelf. The drawer is easier to clean; in fact, the whole thing can be lifted out and washed from time to time.
- A drawer like this one may even have enough space to store jars in the front and bulk bags of spices in the back.
- In the flow of baking it's easier to open a drawer than rummage around in a cupboard; everything feels more accessible when it's waist-high.
OK, some of these reasons may be idiosyncratic to my 5-foot-nothing self, but really - this spice drawer has already been very helpful. If you have room in your kitchen to keep your spices in a drawer, it's highly recommended - especially if you cook with spice frequently.
We recommended the IKEA DROPPAR jars earlier today; they fit perfectly in this drawer.
Where do you keep your spices? Does a drawer work best for you? Or do you prefer the cupboard, the wall, or a rack? Tell us what you think works best!
(Images: Faith Hopler)